Hermes-OTTO International and Scan-Thor Group form a Joint Venture

05.04.2018 | Hamburg / Herning

Hermes-OTTO International, the sourcing organisation of the Otto Group and Scan-Thor Group, one of the biggest buying offices in Europe, join forces. Both companies hold a 50 percent stake in the company Otto International Scan-Thor ApS with its head office in Herning, Denmark.

The Joint Venture will include subsidiaries in Europe and Africa and will cover business in the following countries and regions: Scandinavia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Belorussia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, the Balkans, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Sub-Saharan Africa. With this partnership, both parties intend to expand their European activities and to develop the African market for sourcing fashion as well as home textiles and furnishings.

The Scan-Thor Group and the Otto Group have maintained a close and fruitful business relationship for more than 35 years. “On this basis of mutual trust it was easy to agree on an even closer relationship”, says Michael Dumke, CEO of Hermes-OTTO International. “The two companies complement each other both from an organisational point of view as well as through their specific strengths in the European market.”

Frederik Thor Larsen, Managing Director of the Scan-Thor Group, is pleased at the deepened partnership: “I very much look forward to continuing our cooperation and exploring more business together with Hermes-OTTO International. We will now be better integrated across all of Europe as well as Africa, which is sure to create new opportunities for us to find synergies and expand our portfolio together – always with the customer and the product firmly in focus.”

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Michael Dumke, CEO Hermes-OTTO International
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About die Scan-Thor Gruppe

SCAN THOR Group is an international trading and buying office group with activities in numerous countries, offering product development, international sourcing, supplier negotiations, quality control, quality development and supply-chain consulting. The SCAN THOR Group's product focus is on furniture, fashion, home textiles, shoes, ceramics, glassware and accessories.


About Hermes-OTTO International

Hermes-OTTO International (H-OI) is a global sourcing organisation. With 1,300 employees and 25 offices in all key sourcing markets, H-OI has built up a network of top-quality suppliers in 50 years of business. H-OI sources products primarily from the clothing, accessories, lingerie, shoes and home living segments. The H-OI portfolio comprises quality and auditing services as well as web-based supply chain services. Hermes-OTTO International is a member of the Otto Group.